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2011 Green Leaf Award recipient for:
Exemplary - Water Efficiency
Owner: Kathleen and Michael B. Casey
Size: 850 SF
New Construction, completed: 2008
- Landscape/Site - Minimal site disturbance to preservenative landscaping; only removed 5 junipers and no piñon trees for construction of home and driveway; gray and black water used for above and below ground irrigation.
- Water Efficiency - Low-flow plumbing fixtures including 1 gpf toilet; short plumbing runs; Multiflo® Wastewater Treatment System; front-loading washing machine that uses only 11 gallons per load; 6 rainwater collection cisterns with 10,000 gallon capacity.
- Energy Efficiency - Passive and active solar heat and hot water; no A/C; cupola with remotely operated windows and reversing ceiling fans for ventilation; solar shading with R-value 5.2; house oriented to protect west and north sides from excessive heat gain/loss; extra insulation in walls and ceiling; ENERGY STAR® appliances, roof, and windows; LED and CFL lighting; solar DHW system.
- Materials/Resource Efficiency - This home is built from a kit by Topsider® Homes in Clemmons, NC. Kit buildings minimize material waste and maximize tolerance efficiencies. This home is so tight when a fire is lit in the fireplace a window near the hearth must be opened immediately to allow combustion air infiltration. It is octagon shaped with 3ft overhangs and windows on the east, south, and south west sides. A utility room extends from the northwest side. All the cabinets are locally designed and built.
Indoor Environmental Quality - Open construction makes the home seem larger than its 850sqft. Small indoor recycling fountain humidifies and has the soothing sounds of running water. Ambient light from the cupola radiates throughout the house because of a open ceiling design. The large exposed interior post and beams give the small home a strong and reassuring feel. Low-VOC products; ample daylighting with glare control; ventilation system; contaminant control
Innovation in Design/Features - Octagonal house and cupola utilize post and beam design.
"A circuitous driveway winds up through native juniper and pinon before decending to this jewelbox house, set overlooking red rock canyons."